Monday, May 30, 2011

Breastfeeding and plugged milk ducts

It happened 4 years ago, but I still remember how painful it was to have plugged milk ducts. It happened to me frequently (sometimes as often as every other day) and I didn't know what caused it. In addition to the pain and discomfort, I also felt very frustrated thinking I should give up and just get used to it. As much as I looked for answers I didn't find one that satisfied me and offered a simple solution for the problem. Although many online forums and blogs offered suggestions on how to address the problem, all solutions I found were only temporary and the problem soon returned. After a long search for a solution I finally found a wonderful breastfeeding class at "Bright Beginnings and Beyond" in Redondo Beach, CA where I learned the proper 'latching' technique. From that point forward my daughter's breast feeding sessions became painless and only our most enjoyable and intimate moment (it was an amazing feeling!).

One day in the beginning of one of the breastfeeding classes as I was getting ready to start, one of the consultants approached me and asked why I was wearing a underwired bra. At first I didn't understand her question. She then proceeded to explain that it is generally not recommended for a nursing mother to wear an underwired bra because they have a tendency to cause PLUGGED DUCTS!!!!! Who would have thought it? Definitely, not me .

After that day, I never put them on again and never got a plugged duct again !

Stumble Upon Toolbar


  1. You are right, once you have it, you never forget it. Luckily, I was able to get relief, by changing the position of my baby for a few feedings, and it didn't happen again.

  2. Hi! I found your blog on Twitter and started reading through your posts, because I'm a Lactation Counselor and personally experienced so much of what you share as well. Then I read you went to Bright Beginnings; I am from Torrance - small world! I currently teach classes at the Pregnancy Help Center in Torrance. They are always looking for new volunteer teachers, so if you're interested, please contact me! Jaimie

    1. Hi Jaimie, I'm glad we found each other. I would love to be a volunteer teacher and help breastfeeding mothers, but I'm currently leaving in Westwood. Thank you for thinking about me!


Thank you for stopping by!

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...